An Ultra Portable "Flip-Up" Document Camera
This new HoverCam will be replacing the T3 model and quite a few enhancements have been made. The HoverCam Solo 5 Ultra Portable Document Camera scans documents through a flip-up 5 megapixel camera to print, fax, email, or even point at yourself for web conferencing or presentations. The Solo 5 features receipt and business card management software, using OCR to automatically build your expense reports and contact lists as well as record, annotate and share your screen and use cloud services via our software suite. In addition, the Solo 5 uses a built-in microphone which records from up to 30 feet away and AVI files can be saved directly to a hard drive. The Solo 5 is roughly half the size of the T3, but has a larger scan capability for A3 (default), A4, letter, and even legal sizes.
What are the differences between the HoverCam Solo5 and HoverCam T3?
- True High definition (1080P full HD video)
- Size – The Solo 5 is roughly half the size of the T3. This unobtrusive size allows it to sit out of the way when not in use. It can also be very easily stored or transported and set up anywhere you need it.
- Autofocus (T3 HoverCam is manual focus)
- Quick access to controls – The Solo 5 has quick access buttons in its base, so you don’t always have to go back to the computer for basic controls.
- Flip-Up Camera – The Solo 5’s camera can flip up, allowing it to be used as a web cam. The T3’s camera only points straight down.
- Resolution – The Solo 5 has a 5 MP camera while the T3 has a 3 MP camera. Because of that, the Solo 5 can reach image resolutions up to 2592 x 1944, much higher than the 1920 x 1600 the T3 can produce. This results in crystal clear, detailed scans and video.
- Larger Scan Size – The default scan size on the Solo 5 is A3, but it also scans in other sizes like A4, Letter, and Legal. The T3 has a smaller scan size of 9 x 12 inches.
- Video – The Solo5 offer twice the video performance of the T3 and has the world’s fastest refresh rate of any true 5MP camera. This means no more slow video or blurry images.
Please see the HoverCam Solo5 review demo/video here:
HoverCam Cloud Integration
Cloud integration means you can access your HoverCam library anywhere. A teacher could record her lessons – both video and audio – and at the conclusion of class, upload the video files to one of our many integrated cloud solutions, including EverNote and DropBox. At that point, she could share the file with students who happen to be absent that day. She could save the lesson and replay it the next time she needs to teach the same class again. She could use the cloud to share lessons with substitute teachers when she has to skip a day. How will you use the cloud?
Other features and benefits:
True 5.0 MegaPixel resolution
The Solo 5 delivers 2x the resolution compared to both the highest HD TV resolution (1080P) and our best-selling HoverCam T3. It offers a range of resolutions from 2592x1944 at 15fps to 800x600 at 30fps. This means you get exceptional clarity.
Autofocusing convenience with an autofocus lock
The Solo 5 incorporates a tiny autofocusing CMOS sensor and lens module. From any angle or distance, your images become instantly clear. With autofocus and AF Lock, blurry images are a thing of the past.
Double the speed
The Solo 5’s onboard image processing chip delivers MJPEG compressed video to PC or Mac at the fastest speed in its class. It displays full 5MP resolution without cropping at 15 frames per second (fps). This reduces blurriness so that students can concentrate on learning while teachers can deliver distraction-free lessons.
Zoom from A3 to a Quarter
Position the camera from 17.7” to 1.4” above the surface to achieve 12x mechanical zoom. Combined with the 16x digital zoom, the Solo 5 has an amazing 192x effective magnification. This amazing zoom ability allows you to see the tiny details on a quarter, which are virtually undetectable to the human eye, to be clearly shown on screen. When zoomed out, you can display a single A3, i.e., two U.S. Letter-sized pages side by side.
On-board Shortcut Keys
The Solo 5 Onboard Shortcut Buttons allow you to control the camera without your mouse or keyboard. Use the buttons to the right to see what each button does.
The Hovercam app for Chrome allows you to use your Hovercam with a Chromebook. Just install the free app from the Chrome Store, plug the Hovercam's USB cable in, open the app, and you'll see the Hovercam's image right on your screen. The app allows you to zoom, focus, adjust color and white balance, freeze the image, and capture still images right from your Chromebook. While not as feature rich as the Windows and Mac software, this is a very functional app and the best way to use a document camera with a Chromebook.
Q & A
Q: Why Hovercam?
A: HoverCam has taken a radical, new approach to the document camera market. First, we took out the VGA connector. The HoverCam connects directly to the computer, not the projector. Not only does this result in cost savings, but with the growth of interactive whiteboards more and more teachers prefer using the computer to manage lesson delivery. The HoverCam uses the processing power of the computer to control the camera image. Another significant cost savings come from using a patent pending digital zoom process to deliver smooth zooming in and out up to 16X (optical zoom costs more).
Q: What can I use the Solo 5 for?
A: The Solo 5 can be used for everyday scanning, copying, email/fax solution for offices as well as schools. The Solo 5 is also a visual presenter, and it can be used in schools for interactive teaching and distance learning as well as scanning and archiving students work. Because the camera can flip up, and there is a built in microphone, the Solo 5 can also be used as a web cam for recording video, video conferencing, etc.
Q: Can the Solo 5 be used for grading tests?
A: Yes, using Hovercam’s Grade Central software, you can effortlessly scan and grade tests. Please contact us for more information.
Q: Does it have a carry case?
A: The Solo 5 comes with a drawstring pouch that can hold the Solo 5 and the USB cable. It is meant for basic protection while transporting it.
Q: What is the rubber mat that came in the box with the Solo 5?
A: That mat is there to assist in scanning documents. It has marks on it for the camera as well as different sizes of paper. Once you are set up, you simply drop you paper within the marks on the mat and you know it will be centered in the screen and ready to scan.
Q: How do I scan an image? Does it take long?
A: Once your subject is placed under the camera and visible on your computer screen, you simply click the snapshot button on your screen and a few seconds later you have a scanned image thumbnail on the right side of your screen.
Q: How does the Hovercam Solo 5 connect?
A: The Hovercam Solo 5 connects to your computer through the included USB cable. No other cables are needed. Since it does not have a video output, it can only connect to a computer through USB.
Q: Do I need any additional items to use the Solo 5?
A: All you have to do is connect it to your computer. The Solo 5 comes with the software and USB cable needed to use it.
Q: Can the Solo 5 save images of my documents?
A: Yes, the Solo 5 can be used as a scanner to save JPEG and PDF images right within the Hovercam software.
Q: Can the Solo 5 save pictures to internal memory?
A: The Solo 5 does not have an internal memory so it will save all images and video back to your computer. The Solo 5 needs to be connected to that computer to function.
Q: Can the Solo 5 be used to record audio and video?
A: Yes, the Solo 5 has a built in microphone and can record audio and video right inside the Hovercam software. You can also use Quicktime and Google Picasa for capturing video.
Q: How do I record video with the Solo 5?
A: With the software in video mode, simply press the record button on your screen. It will then ask you to select the area which you want to record. Drag the box over the area of the image that you want to record and click record.
Q: How do I ensure that the microphone is there and ready to record?
A: The microphone is something you won’t have to think about. It is built into the Solo 5, located near the camera lens. It is also always ready to go when you push the record button.
Q: Does the Solo 5 have good video quality?
A: The Solo 5 has excellent video quality. It can rival much more expensive cameras. That being said, there are many factors that can affect your video quality, most notably is your computer. If the computer is running slow, the video may look slower than it should. You can also adjust the resolution of your video right on your screen. Higher resolution will give you a very high res image and slower video. Lowering the resolution will give you smoother video.
Q: I frequently travel for work and I would like to take the Solo 5 with me. Is that possible?
A: Absolutely. The Solo 5’s compact size and single cable connection make it very easy to transport and use wherever you go.
Q: Can the Solo 5 be connected wirelessly?
A: No, the Solo 5 cannot be made wireless.
Q: How long is the included USB cable?
A: The cable is 5 feet long. We also sell 15 and 30 foot long cables if you need a little more room to move around.
Q: I see the solo 5 has buttons on it that other Hovercams do not have. What do they do?
A: The Solo 5 does have some control buttons on the base of the camera. There is a button to activate the autofocus, an autofocus lock, zoom buttons, and a capture button. The capture button allows you to capture still images in the Hovercam software.
Q: What is Auto Focus Lock and why do I need it?
A: Auto focus is a very convenient feature that automatically adjusts the focus to give you the clearest image possible. Anytime to change the object under the camera or move your hand under the camera, the focus will readjust. Sometimes you might just want to point to something or write on a piece of paper without having it readjust. You can press the AF-L (auto focus lock) button to keep it from refocusing. Pressing it again will turn the lock off, allowing the camera to refocus.
Q: How do I adjust the viewing size of the Solo 5?
A: There is a wheel on the side of the camera head. Turning that wheel changes the viewing size from A4 to A3.
Q: How do I know if the viewing area is set to A3 or A4 size?
A: There is a small window located on top of the camera head that displays “A3” or “A4” so you will know with just a glance.
Q: I turn off my lights to make my projected image look brighter. Will the Solo 5 still work with the lights off?
A: Yes, the camera sensor in the Solo 5 will be able to pick up an image even in low light conditions. But there are LED’s built in to the camera should you need them.
Q: Can the Solo 5 use the HCBASET35 quickmount base?
A: No, that base is meat for the T3 and T5 models only. The Solo 5 has a weighted base and is very stable.
Q: Can the Solo 5 be secured to my desk or work area?
A: There are no holes for mounting the camera to a surface. However, Hovercam has incorporated a Kensington lock slot into the base so it can be secured with a Kensington lock.
Q: Can the Solo 5 support picture in picture video?
A: The Solo 5 only has a single camera so it does not provide picture in picture. If you have an additional webcam, the Hovercam software can be set up to display video from both cameras, giving you a picture in picture video.
Q: Does the Solo 5 have a fixed neck or is it adjustable?
A: The neck is adjustable. It has two joints and can even extend a few inches in height, so you can adjust it to many different positions.
Q: Can the Solo 5 connect directly to my projector?
A: No, the Solo 5 only has a USB port so it must connect to a computer. You can then connect your projector to your computer to display the image.
Q: Can a HoverCam be used with an interactive whiteboard or smartboard?
A: Yes, a HoverCam makes a great addition to any interactive whiteboard or smartboard. Please read this article from Craig Justice, Vice President of Hovercam about using their cameras with an interactive whiteboard. Click Here!
Q: Is this the document camera I saw at Comic Con in San Diego?
A: Yes, they used the HoverCam Solo 5 at a number of break out session. The SOLO5 is the best camera on the market for showing comic artists drawings and portfolios. For school customers this makes a great camera to have in your art classroom, mechanical drawing, cad, or even machine shops showing 3d objects.
Q: Do you recommend this for artists?
A: Yes, Solo 5 is the best document camera for artists, including comic artists. It allows them to do a “quick scan” and send the drafts of their art work to editors. You can also scan the work, and using a projectorm,blow it up onto the wall for a large painting / large drawing. It shows A3 size (even larger); has an incredibly small footprint (doesn’t take up much desk space) and is easy to move around or travel with. And, for comic book collectors, Solo 5 is the best way to make a digital archive of your comic book collection
Q: Can I use the hovercam with a smartboard and smart notebook software?
A: Yes. The hovercam works great with any brand board including Promethean, Smart Technologies, Mimio, Hitachi , Teamboard, Steelcase, etc. In fact, please see these 3 videos on how to drag and drop files:
Q: Can I use the Solo 8 with my interactive whiteboard software (Smart Notebook, Hitachi Starboard, Promethean ActivInspire, etc.)
A: Teachers can easily import HoverCam content into IWB software four ways:
Drag-and-drop any captured image from HoverCam’s software window into the IWB software.
Utilize HoverCam’s Slingshot feature, which will allow an image being shown by the HoverCam to be captured and inserted into the IWB software with just one click without having to leave the IWB software.
Utilize HoverCam’s Whiteboard Connector app to allow the HoverCam’s live streaming video to be displayed within the IWB software.
Use the IWB software’s transparency feature to display HoverCam’s live video image inside the IWB without installation of any additional software, app or driver.
Q: Does the Hovercam work with the Microsoft Surface Tablet?
A: Hovercam document cameras, doesn’t matter which model, will work with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet. This tablet runs Windows 8.1 so it can support the Hovercam software. The Surface and Surface 2 tablets are not compatible with the Hovercam software.
Q: Can I use the hovercam with a smartboard or interactive whiteboard?
A: HoverCam Whiteboard Connector is a small Flash application which allows users of Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) software, such as Smart Notebook, Promethean ActivInspire, eBeam ActiveCapture, or Mimio Studio Notebook to embed and manipulate live video from a HoverCam document camera.
- Smart Notebook
- Promethean ActivInspire
- Mimio Studio Notebook
- eBeam ActiveCapture
- MicroSoft PowerPoint Slides
- MicroSoft Word Documents
- Annotate with IWB Tools Over HoverCam Video
- Uses Familiar HoverCam Flex Controls with IWB
- Embed HoverCam Video in PowerPoint Slides or Word